The top football men currently employed by the Montreal Alouettes fully respect veteran receiver S.J. Green, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re rushing to sign him.
Green has fond memories from playing in Montreal and wants to finish his CFL career in La Belle Province. Head coach Khari Jones and general manager Danny Maciocia acknowledge Green’s accomplishments during his CFL career.
“I’m hoping that one day we can have S.J. back in the nest with the Montreal Alouettes and I think he should retire as an Alouette because his most productive years were as an Alouette and I’m hoping that’s going to be the case as we move forward,” Maciocia said.
“I’ve always been a fan of S.J. He’s an outstanding player and been an outstanding player in the league. I would never say never in something like that,” Jones said.
The six-foot-two, 217-pound receiver spent the first 10 years of his career with Montreal where he captured two Grey Cups (2009-2010), five East all-star honours (2011-2015) and one CFL all-star (2013) designation.
“Obviously we have to adhere to our salary cap, everybody is well aware of that. S.J. Green was a great Alouette, he had a very productive career. We don’t shut the door on any opportunities or any scenarios that may come up,” Maciocia said.
The Alouettes re-signed rising star Eugene Lewis who led the birds in catches (72) and receiving yards (1,133) last season, Quan Bray has a pending marijuana charge, outstanding rookie Jake Wieneke remains under contract, B.J. Cunningham returns and veteran Naaman Roosevelt was added in free agency.
“I really am excited about our receiving core this year with the young guys that have stepped up and the new addition of Naaman Roosevelt and B.J. Cunningham coming back to the fold as well as Eugene [Lewis],” Jones said.
Franchise quarterback Vernon Adams became a dynamic playmaker under Jones’ tutelage and he has a rapport with most of the pass catchers on the roster. The same could be said for Jones’ comfort level with the current receivers in Montreal.
“I feel like we have a really good group there, I’m always looking to get better and I won’t say never,” Jones said, “but I feel pretty confident with the group that we have right now and best I can say is we’ll see.”